Mary Lu Weeks
Mary Lu Weeks, 86, of Culbertson died Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at her residence.
Marylyn Lucile Weeks was born to Gail and Leonard VanBuskirk of Berthold, N.D., in 1935. She was affectionately nicknamed MaryLu almost immediately and that name stuck. Her childhood was the typical hard-working, frugal one like so many of her generation.
In 1954, she married Earl Weeks, originally from Des Lacs, N.D., and they moved to Culbertson to make their home. They took root in this little town and took great pride in all the friends, neighbors and businesses there. Their four children were born at Roosevelt Memorial Hospital.
In 1966, they purchased Culbertson Implement. After Earl’s sudden death in 1977, she took a giant leap of faith and stepped into Earl’s place at the implement. This was a learn-as-you-go experience and not at all easy. She faced every challenge with a keen mind and a quiet dignity. The support of other implement dealers, John Deere representatives and especially her community during these years inspired her sense of volunteerism and service.
She knew firsthand the importance of giving back. She served on the Culbertson School board, the Culbertson GFWC Women’s Club, the Culbertson Foundation board and the ND Public Radio board of directors. She was active in every aspect of her Methodist Church and was a devoted volunteer at the local nursing home. She was a Culbertson sports fan since the moment she and Earl arrived and was a vocal supporter to be sure.
Her love of reading was well known and she was always on the lookout for her next read. Her greatest delight was curling up with a great book and a cup of tea. She was a regular at the local library and enjoyed the Tuesday Book Club conversations. Her love of reading and history fostered a yearning for travel. She was always excited to be planning a trip. Her travels included three trips to Europe and the British Isles, fall foliage tours and many trips throughout the country.
She made an indelible impression in the community that she loved and touched the hearts of the lifelong friends she made here. Undoubtedly, her greatest legacy lives in the hearts of her grandchildren. She was an active participant in their lives. They had a key to her door that came with a key to her heart. She joyfully attended every program, fair and sporting event.
There were many ordinary and impromptu gatherings at her house because it was just “home.”
She is survived by her four children, Penny Anderson, Laurie Mattelin, Mike Weeks and Mark Weeks; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Her memorial service was held Monday, June 27, at the Grace and Peace Church in Culbertson. Pastor Ross Reinhiller officiated. A private family burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.